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soccermanFrom Alta Parking Lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007


The dirt road up to Cecret Lake was closed for "dust control" thus added another 5 miles to the hike.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 10:32 pm

climbingchicthe classic climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007


This hike is definitely my favorite short hike here in the wasatch! I put in all the scrambling/climbing I could! and I took my time...for once. lol got detailed pics. I started from cecret lake and topped the summit then headed east along the ridge. bumped into a deer, mtn goat. I love the exposure and the climbing! awesome hike!
Posted Jul 6, 2007 12:59 am

LonePeakFreakA Classic Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


This was my first time in the Albion Basin and I loved it! The views and exposure would be really hard to beat in any other trip that takes less than three hours car-to-car. Threw in Sugarloaf on the way down since it was so close. Saw several moose, including a massive bull near the campground and a smaller cow on a plateau above the lake.
Posted Jul 1, 2007 6:51 pm

JLarsenRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2007


What a fun climb! I will do this again and again.
Posted Jun 27, 2007 6:30 pm

seanpeckhamTwice to west and middle peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011


First time August 1996. Don't remember if we had intended to complete the traverse, but were intimidated by the east peak and went back down the west side. Our route to top out the west peak was on the American Fork side of the ridge.
Second time Aug 21 2011. Topped the west peak on the LCC side this time, seemed much better. Watched two guys complete the traverse, which was educational as to the route, but one in our party was sketched out between the west and middle peak so we stuck together. I went to the middle one myself, but was sorta glad for the excuse not to expose myself on the east one. I can't speak for that section, but as for the west and middle (true) peaks, I don't see where there were any 5th class moves.
Posted Jun 1, 2007 3:38 am

renogurtI love Alta


Devil's Castle is a must due. It only takes a few hours and the views are awesome.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 2:05 am

Rocky AlpsRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2013

Rocky Alps

This was a very enjoyable hike/scramble and I feel it's by far the best of its length in the Wasatch. It was really short (up and back in 3 hours), but after leaving the crowds at Cecret Lake and getting up to the ridge, the scrambling/climbing was really fun and the rock quality was much better than most other places in the Wasatch range. I only tagged the western summit since my wife didn't want to do any difficult scrambling that day (9/4/06).
Came back with David and climbed to the highest middle summit from the west on 7/16/13. The exposed scrambling was really fun, and the various summits do look a lot like the towers of a castle when you're up on them. See "Best Bang For Your Buck" trip report for details.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 6:44 pm

J AndersonAlways fun in the Devil's House  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

J Anderson

08/01/2008 West to East with Matt
Climbed twice from east to west.
08/05/2006 as part of the Bullion Divide with Matt and Joe
07/19/2007 with Matt in combination with Sugarloaf.
Posted Aug 12, 2006 3:29 am

climbingchicridge traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2006


Once again! an awesome hike every time. came from cecret lake, to the pass and then stuck to the ridge. the scrambling and tiny bit of climbing were great! a little nervous with the wind and the weather wasnt the best, but still a cool hike!! hopefully will do it again this year. yeah!
Posted Aug 9, 2006 4:28 am

Jeremy FranchowRoute climbed: Ridge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2003

Jeremy Franchow

East to west. Exposure and challenging scrambling made for a very interesting hike. Mountain goats encountered on the descent.
Posted Aug 4, 2006 11:44 pm

Dorkteam6Nice drop offs
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2003
Came up from cecret lake to the ridge between the devils and sugarloaf. I then ridgewalked over to it.
Posted Jun 14, 2006 6:47 pm

dunsumNorth Face Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006


Climbed many times by several routes : Black Streak, Ridge Traverse, Couloir. All good.
Posted May 24, 2006 4:16 am

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2005

Bob Sihler

This is a great peak and a fun climb, but how can people call it Class 5 by the standard route? Have they been on real Class 5 routes, or is the Wasatch idea of Class 5 more liberal than that in other places? (I guess one thing in Utah must be liberal) I would call the climbs to the summit towers Class 3+/4. Stay away if you don't like exposure, though, especially on the ridge above Cecret Lake.
Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:35 pm

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!


This was fun. Good 4th class scrambling and easier than I thought it would be. I climbed over all of the summits to make sure that I made it to the top. I couldn't tell which one was higher. I think it was the middle summit.
Posted Aug 20, 2005 4:40 pm

craghagRoute Climbed: Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: July 7, 2002  Sucess!


Also climbed on 6/28/03 and 6/25/04
Posted Jun 6, 2005 10:47 am

BignickRoute Climbed: West to East Date Climbed: July 11 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2004


Climbed 3 times. Always enjoyable.
Posted May 29, 2005 12:22 am

savery2151Route Climbed: via Secret Lake Date Climbed: October 1, 2004
I didn't reach the highest summit, but I did reach the lower of the 3 pinnacles. I was hiking alone and heavily comtemplated going for the upper 2 peaks, but my common sense prevailed (thank Heavens!). Scrambled around the back side of the upper 2 (with the view of Pittsburg Lake) then ascended up. Will try again next year!!!
Posted Oct 14, 2004 7:43 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake/Traverse Date Climbed: October 19th, 2003  Sucess!


Nice fun scramble. My friend Peter and I were looking for something short yet fun to do, and this scramble was perfect. Good opportunities along the way to try various routes and make the route harder :)

I didn't like the loose rock much, though
Posted Oct 20, 2003 12:47 am

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake Date Climbed: Sept. 14 2003  Sucess!


Woke up Sunday and decided for a short but exciting hike, so off to Devils Castles I went. Had good weather and thanks for the steps cut into the snow\ice on the switchbacks the climb went well. Other than a mountain goat I had the ridge\peak to myself. After passing the helivac retrieving someone off the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon I kept thinking of hand graps while climbing the class V areas.
Posted Sep 14, 2003 9:48 pm

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: Cecret Lake/Traverse Date Climbed: 8/23/03  Sucess!


Awesome climb! Only a half day, yet some of the wildest terrain in all the Wasatch. Traverse really wasn't as scary as I'd expected...still fun, challenging scramble. Descent to east was more tedious and challenging than expected.
Posted Aug 26, 2003 4:38 pm

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